3 Tips for Selecting a College as a Student Athlete

3 Tips for Selecting a College as a Student Athlete
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    For any college-bound student, the process of choosing a college and then applying has several steps.

    Often, there are several extra steps for a student athlete who plans to play college sports.


Below are tips for selecting a college as a student athlete. They are recommended for athletes who are considering scholarship offers although they are also applicable to anyone who hopes to play college sports.

1. Do Some Research

It is advisable for an athlete-student to do some research when looking for a college. An ideal institution is one in which coaches and teammates will motivate and inspire him or her to dream big not just for a career in sports but for life as well.

While the sport may not be the student’s destination, it could be his or her springboard to a successful and happy future. A student should research how the college treats its alumni. The manner in which an institution treats its student-athletes after they finish competing for it is a top indicator of their integrity. It also lets the student know that he or she will be able to use the college as a resource moving forward.

2. Know What to Ask When Discussing Application

A student may not be sure whether contact from college coach guarantees recruitment. Taking part in sports is just a part of the institution choice decision. The student should know that admission is not guaranteed by athletic ability. This is because whether someone is admissible is not determined by the coach but by the admission committee.

It is worth bearing in mind that a student who takes in sports will be spending significant amounts of time with coaches. This means they should adopt a rapport with coaches of the colleges they apply to.

3. Know How Many Students Participate in Sports

A student is advised to find out what percentage of a college’s student population consists of students. He or she should consider whether to attend a college in which athletes are small minority or a large presence. It is also worthy finding out the number of players that a college team has for each position, as well as the athletic statistics of other players.

The number of student- athletes that graduate is an important thing to find out. A low graduation rate may speak volumes about that particular college. For instance, it can indicate that the institution admit student-athletes whose academic performance is below par. It can also mean that the life of a student-athlete on the college is not conducive for academic excellence.

Kindly share this article on social media. It can be of great help to athletes looking for colleges in which they will participate in sports. Given the high number of college campuses, choosing one can be an uphill task.

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The Athletic Scholarship Playbook: A Complete College Recruiting Roadmap for High School Athletes and Parents
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